Married for nearly 24 years, Michael, Lise and their teenage children, Pierce and Elan share their home with a houseful of dogs and cats. For more than 30 years, Lise's professional career has involved helping a wide range of charities; and for more than 40 years, Michael has worked in Canada and in over 100 countries on issues affecting people, animals and the environment. During that time, he’s has worked on programs to help companion animals, horses and livestock, laboratory animals, wildlife and the environment.
Those projects have involved hands on experience with a wide range of field programs and also included non-invasive scientific research, working undercover; and case investigation, preparation and criminal court prosecution and appeals involving animal abusers; providing support and conducting relief operations in disaster and war zones; and investigations into the humane rearing, transport and slaughter of farm animals; reviewing case law precedents and drafting legislative proposals, humane education initiatives, forging strategic alliances with other non-governmental organizations and stakeholders, participating in international treaty negotiations and making representations to local, regional, national and international governments and bodies -- and being responsible for the overarching support mechanisms of fundraising, human resources, labour negotiations (union and non-union), information systems and administration which provide the critical underpinning and the only means of amplifying the humane work needed to effectively protect animals and the earth.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and an additional four years of interdisciplinary university studies and attended the University of Toronto, the University of Guelph and York University. His secondary education was at St. Michael's College School and his elementary education at St. Anselm's School here in Toronto.
From 1970 - 1979, while in school, he was employed by the Toronto Humane Society working in all departments and from 1982 - 1983 was the senior executive in charge of the largest humane society and full service veterinary clinic operation in Canada. From 1979 to 1982, he was the General Manager of the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society which included a full service veterinary clinic.
From 1983 to 1993, he held a variety of positions with the World Society for the Protection of Animals as Field Representative, Acting Regional Director Western Hemisphere and Regional Director Canada & North Pacific Rim. He was in charge of the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan's Into the Blue Dolphin Rehabilitation and Marine Centre Project. Over the past sixteen years, he has headed up The Humane Society of Canada and for the last nine years served as Chairman & CEO.
His interests including spending time with his family, animals and nature, reading, strategic planning, martial arts, swimming and scuba diving.